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Consuming Passion (2008)

Three intertwined stories to celebrate the the centenary of romance-publishing house Mills and Boon. The first, concerning Charles Boon's tempestuous relationship with his wife Mary, is ... See full summary »

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Dan Zeff

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Emma Frost
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jodie Whittaker ... Mary Boon
Daniel Mays ... Charles Boon
Patrick Kennedy ... Gerald Mills
Olivia Colman ... Janet / Nurse Violetta Kiss
Patrick Baladi ... Dr Grant / Dr Steele
Marcia Warren Marcia Warren ... Janet's Mother
Nicholas Sidi ... Nick
O-T Fagbenle ... Jake
Emilia Fox ... Kirstie
Antonia Kinlay ... Lorelei
Ben Joiner Ben Joiner ... Dirk Tourelle
Robert Horwell ... Brian
Nicky Ladanowski ... Brenda
Simon Chandler ... Mr. Cowpe
Sarah Winman Sarah Winman ... Mrs. Cowpe
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Three intertwined stories to celebrate the the centenary of romance-publishing house Mills and Boon. The first, concerning Charles Boon's tempestuous relationship with his wife Mary, is complemented by storylines set in the 1970s and the present day. Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

BBC 4

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Consuming Passion: 100 Years of Mills & Boon See more »

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BBC Bristol See more »
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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When we see characters moving into new office accommodation in c. 1908, one character unpacks a telephone that he has brought with him. Prior to 1982 in the UK all telephones were provided and installed by the telephone company and remained their property at all times. See more »

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Outstanding doco-drama
13 December 2009 | by jamesmouleSee all my reviews

What a clever idea! The story of the founding of the Mills and Boon empire is told in three separate ways. First, the real story of the early days of the company from 1908 to the 1920s is dramatised, then a parallel story is introduced of a 30-something 21st century university lecturer leading discussions on the Mills and Boon phenomenon. A third story also unfolds as a would-be author acts out her fantasies in the 1970s. The way these stories are resolved is very satisfying and believable. In their way, they are all Mills and Boon stories and all tell the history of the company's success by demonstrating the attraction of the age-old themes. All acting is first class and the attention to detail in the First World War era is admirable. I've never read a Mills and Boon novel but I would no longer be ashamed if I had.


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